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Discussion in 'Australia' started by AUSSIEADV, Sep 8, 2020.
Oh dear, it looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down
Don't cry Katie
Looks more like the frightened and upset face of 'Karen from Brighton.'
This is what I thought of with your pic @Dr AT
I think Adaptive Cruise Control is a bit of an oxymoron.
My last couple of bikes have had CC and that's exactly what I use for, cruising, open road with no immediate hazards.
I don't consider driving/riding in traffic as cruising, I definitely don't want a computer performing a preemptive move on something I have already identified and assessed the risk of.
ACC might be fine in a car if it fails and results in a fender bender but on a bike it's going to be a whole different story if the rider doesn't find out till it's too late.
It’d wanna be a good thing to be better than the current one. Mind you I said that about the previous one too. And about the 1190R, I thought that was the best thing I’d ever ridden until I rode a 1290.
Like most new tech, it's great until the moment it isn't. ATM's are great, until they go offline and you have no money. Traffic lights work until they don't and just flash orange. The list goes on and on. The reliance on computers is only OK until they fail.
If only they knew the fragile infrastructure we rely on.
courtesy of Richo
Living in Melbourne and the Worlds Most SpeedCamera'd City - I find I'm using Cruise Control more and more. I don't mind the speed cameras that also operate alongside the Red Light Cameras because we already know they're there - the fuckers. It's the Speed Cameras that are now mounted in the back of the plain car that face the direction you're coming from are the ones that are the problem - the dirty fuckers. They have you detected, booked and the Account in the Mail before you even pass them - dirty sneaky filthy fuckers. Cruise Control has saved my wallet a few times - its sooo easy to sneak up to 4 kilometres an hour over the posted speed limit and become eligible for a speed fine - filthy little money grabbing fuckers.
Other than that - we're all good down here thanks.
Do they have front and rear facing cameras in the one vehicle in Victoria?
Don’t knock adaptive cruise control until after you’ve been stuck in rush hour traffic for 30 mins. Then get back to us.
The proposed 490 Adventure bike would seems to be practical and capable
ACC my be a good thing in a car, I just can't see a practical application on a motorcycle unless you drive/ride it like a car.
In the car [ ours has adaptive cruise ], I'm happy to have lots of "convenience" thingys to play with or use.
The bike is the complete opposite, I like the whole human/mechanical connection, throttle/clutch/gears/sight/sounds/weather and so on, and I don't want it watered down by what I term interference technology [ no-one mention ABS, ok? ].
ACC and the other technology aside, lets address the elephant in the room, who on earth needs 160hp in a dirt bike????
Having ridden a mate's, I can say that lifting the front wheel a ~160km/h with a power wheelie is a bit of a thrill that I'll only enjoy once.
Went for a blap on some loose gravel with a mate on a 1290SA last weekend, he’s got the standard Pirelli road tyres and I’ve got Karoos. His comment “you sneeze on the throttle and go sideways”. Honestly you just can’t get the power down and if you do then you arrive at the next corner on a 240kg bike doing ludicrous speed, all adds to the fun. Yeah the Metzelers made a difference, previous TKC’s were better, but like you say 160hp is still a lot of useless neddies. Until you have the missus on the back, loaded with luggage, it’s a stinking norwesterly and you are riding bang into it for the next 300kms, and there’s a B triple doing 95 in front. These things were made to do the lot, usually means they do most things averagely but in the case of the 1290 warping space and time is one thing they do really well. Top gear pulls from 90 odd to “making the front page” speed are so bloody addictive, I hope with the new engine layout KTM haven’t forgotten what made the “old” one so good, or any V twin for that matter, such a lazy man’s engine.
The bloke with the SA also has a V8 diesel Sahara, having a beer last night I showed him the spy shots and we both reckon the Tojo and the V twin SA are probably peak for the models, and will be collectable, fully understand the reasons for being dropped and support technology moving on but it’s hard not to lament the passing of a great motor.
Sounds like a fun bike!
some of yooz are getting old! Since when does “need” come into it?